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Leila Mae Barlow, Montgomery Co Alabama

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Leila Mae Barlow
LEILA MAE BARLOW         1891-1982
Memoirs of a School Teacher

LEILA MAE BARLOW was born in Americus, Georgia. The daughter of the late STEVE BARLOW and MARY CORRILIS BARLOW, she entered the elementary school of Americus at the age of five. She received her A.B. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. In 1939, she studied at the University of California at Berkley. In 1943, she returned to the University of Wisconsin after a special course in reading at the University of Chicago on a fellowship from the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The summer of 1954 was spent in travel in the United Kingdom and in Europe.

Miss Barlow spent 32 years as a teacher at A.S.C. and 28 of them as head of English Department.  While there she was active in community life.  She was the first president of the Montgomery Chapter of the Metropolitan Council of Negro Women.  She served as assistant superintendent of the Church School of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and secretary of the Board of Directors of Farm and City Enterprises, Inc.

In 1953, she received a citation from her Alma Mater, Spellman College, "for distinguished services as an alumna."  In 1957 the Teachers Association presented her a certificate attesting to her outstanding contribution to the teaching profession in the United States.  In 1958 at the annual meeting of the College Language Association at Texas Southern University, she was voted as one of the ten nation's top language teachers.  She belonged to many professional associations including the A-T Assoc., A-T. As so. National Council of English teachers.

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